The Italian Nova News Agency revealed that Italy and Libya may sign four or five agreements on the occasion of the visit of the head of the government of national unity, Abdul Hamid al-Dabaiba, to the Italian capital, Rome, from tomorrow, Wednesday, until Thursday, June 8.
Nova reported that a memorandum of understanding is likely to be signed dealing with security and combating irregular migration not only by sea, but also by land in the Sahara desert.
She added that there is another agreement related to reducing carbon dioxide emissions, a sector in which Libya is still somewhat lagging behind and could witness progress thanks to the cooperation between the Libyan National Oil Corporation and Eni, noting that surprises may occur from the infrastructure sector, especially in Internet connectivity.
The Italian agency stated that the Libyan delegation, which includes many government ministers, will assess various other files of common interest, foremost of which is the construction of the “highway of peace” linking eastern and western Libya, which is an infrastructure project that was agreed upon in the Treaty of Friendship, Partnership and Cooperation that it signed. Italy and Libya in Benghazi on August 30, 2008, in addition to the file of the possibility of reopening airlines between Italy and Libya, which in turn is linked to the reconstruction of the international airport in Tripoli by the Italian “ENIS” consortium.
With regard to the issue of immigration, a draft memorandum of understanding between the Italian and Libyan Ministries of the Interior, which Nova received from Libyan sources, stipulated in its first article the “exchange of information and experiences in the field of combating” human trafficking, as well as the “continuation of training” Libyan Coast Guard officers, according to a mechanism to be agreed upon later.
The draft memorandum, which is still under negotiation and review, also includes “continuing delivery of ships and marine equipment to Libya,” as well as “conducting joint exercises at sea and providing technical and logistical support to the Libyan Coast Guard Command,” including “unmanned aerial vehicles, radio communication equipment, and cameras.” and tracking devices.
The draft agreement also provides for “reviewing special security measures to protect Libya’s southern borders and monitoring desert routes used by illegal immigrants to coastal cities.”
According to Nova, the agreement will enter into force on the date of signing it, and its duration will be three years, and it can be extended automatically for the same period (3 years) in the absence of an objection from one of the parties.
Source: Libyan News Agency